When you think about the holiday season, does it make you break out in a cold sweat? Does your stomach twist in a knot? Do you start stressing out over how you’re going to keep the kids on their schedule while running from school performances, parties, Did you know that you can actually have stress free holidays with kids? It’s true! It can really happen and here’s how!
Stress Free Holidays with Kids
We’re on a mission to have stress free holidays with kids this year and I’ve got a game plan. It’s all pretty simple so I’m hoping it will help us make some great memories together this year while also keeping stress levels just a bit lower.
Write everything on your calendar so you have a big picture of everything you’re saying yes to this holiday season. A key to stress free holidays with the kids is planning ahead and not being afraid to say no. Committing to too much is a huge cause for stress during the holidays. So stay strong and plan ahead. Kindly decline invitations if your family already has enough to do in one week. Put your family first.
Set Gift Expectations
Do your best not to let the gifts become the focus of the holiday season. Don’t spend more time shopping for extra gifts because you don’t think you have enough. Try to come up with gift ideas that are meaningful. Let your kids know what they can expect. If you plan to only have Santa bring one gift then be sure to talk to them about how Santa only brings one thing. Setting expectations early can help the big day be less stressful!
Spend Time Together
The beauty of planning ahead and limiting your obligations outside of your home is that you will have more time to spend as a family. Instead of racing home to a late bedtime where you might skimp on your normal routine of reading together or bath time, you’ll have time to follow your usual routines and perhaps add a few special holiday touches like a new book or new pajamas.
Time together during the holidays is one of the best gifts you can give your family!
Get plenty of rest! This goes for everyone in the family, from the youngest to the oldest! Grambo gets as cranky as Carrigan does when either of them hasn’t had enough rest. If your child naps, do your best to protect that during the hustle and bustle of the holidays. Limit parties and other activities that go past bedtime if you can. Sticking to the usual bedtime routine will help everyone get plenty of rest.
Watch the Sugar
Everywhere you turn there seems to be something sweet to snack on. Cookies, candy, cupcakes, oh my! It can be a fun time to indulge. Do what you can to help your child make choices and limit the amount of sweets they eat. We’re planning to do our best to limit sweets to the parties and other special places we visit and focus on healthy eating at home. When Weston gets sugar added to excitement, it’s always a bit crazy!
If you’re hoping to have stress free holidays with the kids this year, go for it! Make a few small changes to what you usually do and see how it helps! Even if you just get more rest than you did last year, it will make a difference!
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